When does a bug, animal, or snake become a pest?
You know it when it happens...
"when you have had enough" or "you are fed up to here."
NATURAL (ORGANIC) PEST CONTROL:
- USE MAINTENANCE ROUTINES: Cut the lawn and weeds religiously; remove brush piles, rubbish, rock piles...that is...deny the pest a habitat and food supply opportunity.
- USE ANIMALS: Get a dog or cat or introduce a bug or insect or predator to control a pest.
- USE FENCING: Use a fence to keep the pest in or out as warranted.
- Use natural organically labeled pest control products.
USE A STRATEGY THAT SCARES or REPELS:
- DECOYS: Owls, herons, alligators, scarecrows, the list could go on and on.
- SOUNDS: Sonic (you hear it), ultra sonic (only the pest hears it), bird-in-distress sounds, blasts from cannon and firecrackers, a strategy that neighbors often hate.
- LIGHTS: Strobe, flood, colors.
- MOTIONS: Mylar or Painted balloons, metallic hanging tape, vibrations passing underground.
- TEXTURES: Gels that are sticky upon foot contact, bird spikes that prevent roosting, are examples.
- TASTE: Applications to grass or food pellets that when eaten taste bad to the pest.
USE A STRATEGY EMPLOYING CHEMICAL PESTICIDES:
- DUST: Dust is hand sprinkled or mechanically distributed to repel or kill the pest.
- LIQUID: Liquid is sprayed or poured to repel or kill the pest.
- POWDER: Granule of various sizes are distributed to repel or kill the pest.
USE A CAPTURE STRATEGY:
- LIVE TRAPS: Box like in which the pest(s) enter and cannot get out till you want them out.
- KILL TRAPS: Spikes, choking, crushing, drowning, are some of the approaches used by traps.
- LEG HOLD and SNARE TRAPS: They detain the pest till you arrive.
- GLUE TRAPS: When the pest arrives on the trap surface, he gets stuck until you remove him or bag him and the trap into the trash.
USE A RELOCATION STRATEGY:
- WHEN IT WORKS: If a pests normally travels when hunting for their food, they have a chance of survival after relocation.
- WHEN IT DOESN'T WORK: Territorial animals won't take a stranger in or a predator kills them so quickly that the relocated animal does not have a chance to survive. (However you feel good because you relocated the pest instead of killing it outright.)
USE A KILLING STRATEGY (SHOOTING, DROWNING, ASPHYXIATION):
- ALLOWED MAYBE: During hunting seasons often yes, some all of the time, but the key is to know and follow your local laws as to what a property owner or professional can and cannot do when he has a pest.
- NEVER ALLOWED: Migratory birds for example...killing them is never legal under Federal Law.